Planning for the Ultimate School Field Trip
Memories of a wonderful school field trip more than likely is something that is never to be forgotten. Irrespective it was a tour around a factory, an educational visit to the museum, or an information-gathering walk around a government office, the school field trip is an excellent way to support the school’s curricula together with the lesson plans for the forward-planning teacher.
Certainly, the key to generating a number of fun field trip ideas involves creative pre-planning and smart thinking, and this way the students will be able to combine what they learn in class to the real world experiences gained on the field trip.
Look over the lesson plans and then consider the best field trip venues based on the curricula and your own teaching methods. By all means utilize the experience of other teachers and administrators as a go-to-guide. Match your insights with your teaching objectives.
Generate a computer-based database for the field trip. Enter information pertaining to each venue. Then add columns for the following:
- Name of facility
- Hours of operation
- Person to contact
- Phone number
- Traveling directions
Work through each site on the list and visit each in turn when time permits. Ascertain the amount of students that each facility is able to accommodate, and discuss everything at length with the venues’ hosts.
Put together a list of the best-fit field trip sites after completing site visits. Forward this to administrators and department head. Based on their feedback, set your schedule for the trip.
Once the school administrators have provided an agreement, secure a booking date with the field trip host. Either book a bus or, if smaller numbers are going to attend, assess how many cars are required. Read through the school policy and find out how many chaperones are needed. Keep parents fully informed by sending out parental permission letters with a trip overview.
Put together a handout that provides the students and parents information about appropriate behavior. List out the expenses that the students must cover. If school policy allows, make arrangements for covering the fees for children that are unable to afford the trip. Make preparations for the trip with the students during your class-based lessons through linking your teaching activities to the chosen venue.
Make prearrangements for those students who are not joining the field trip outing. Provide name tags to those who are involved and go over the necessary etiquette whilst out of the school.
Discuss the field trip with the students upon returning to the school. Inform the students to deliberate their own experiences within a written essay. And finally, compile a review yourself for future reference.